LEAP Oncology

One-day, award-winning palliative care course for health care professionals working in cancer care settings.

LEAP Oncology is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach, with course modules and case studies contextualized to the cancer care setting. LEAP Oncology is taught by local subject matter experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Who is it for?

LEAP Oncology is ideal for any health care professional (e.g. physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) working in cancer care but whose primary focus is not palliative care.


Course Features

  • One day, 8 hours in total
  • Face-to-face learning with group discussion and case studies
  • Interprofessional approach
  • Built by Canadian palliative care experts
  • Course materials include a downloadable manual and the best-selling resource, the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook



LEAP Oncology is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 8 hours.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of LEAP Oncology, learners should be able to:

  • Identify patients who could benefit from a palliative care approach earlier in the illness trajectory
  • Promote and undertake Advance Care Planning discussions
  • Assess and manage pain; delirium; dyspnea; and nausea, nutrition, and hydration
  • Develop plans to address spiritual, religious, or psychosocial needs
  • Initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
  • Prepare patients and families for last days and hours
  • Identify quality improvement opportunities related to palliative care


Course Modules

  • Taking Ownership
  • Transitions, Decision-Making, and Advance Care Planning
  • Essential Conversations
  • Nausea, Nutrition, and Hydration
  • Pain
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Distress
  • Dyspnea and Delirium
  • Last Days and Hours
  • Quality Improvement

Upcoming Sessions

There are currently no sessions offered for LEAP Oncology

See sessions for LEAP Core instead, or request a session near you

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LEAP courses are developed and peer-reviewed by volunteer pan-Canadian teams of subject matter experts who are committed to promoting the palliative care approach.

  • José Pereira, MBChB, CCFP(PC), MSc, FCFP Scientific Officer, Pallium Canada Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, McMaster University Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, ON
  • Dr. Martin Chasen, MBChB FCP(SA) MPhil(Pall Med) (Oncologist)
  • Dr. Gordon Giddings, MD, CCFP
  • Dr. Andrew Mai, MD, CCFP